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2.6 29 reviews

36% Approve of the CEO

MEMC Electronic Materials President, CEO, and Director Ahmad R. Chatila

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30% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    It used to be a great place to work

    Technician (Former Employee) Saint Peters, MO

    ProsIt was well run 15+ yrs. ago. They paid well, benefits were good, and management was well liked and respected. The only pros as of 2012 was work schedule and location.

    ConsThe company has moved most manufacturing jobs overseas or eliminated jobs from downsizing.
    There is very little capital invested maintaining durable goods.
    Management decisions were made to make money during the short term with no regard to long term consequences.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou need to move HQ to either Asia or Europe since the American facilities have all but been closed down.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Don't work here unless you're desperate

    Process Engineer (Former Employee) Pasadena, TX

    ProsThe pay is pretty good for an engineer, though slightly inferior to others on the channel. It's almost larceny that operators are paid >30% over market yet engineers don't despite not a huge difference in pay, especially when OT is offered to operators.

    ConsThe silicon market for next two years (2012-2014) sucks so layoffs have occurred and will recur. They force the engineers to work out of trailers right next to the Operating facility which handles hydrogen and silane gas which are both explosive. Remember BP Texas City in 2005. The trailers are falling apart and very noisy and hot in summer. Huge safety issues with high injury rate in the last few years and large "we didn't invent it here" philosophy. Most engineers are H1-B so communications in English are very difficult and they are very careful to not ask too many questions. In other words, indentured servitude. Turnover is rampant like Taco Bell.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInstead of pretending to back new and creative ideas necessary for the plant service, i.e. lip service, be willing to take risks. Also, hire competent experienced engineers who know what the hell they're doing instead of green grunts who blunder through helplessly in a dangerous process.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    MEMC is not a company to be

    Auditor (Former Employee) Saint Peters, MO

    ProsI don't have any nice thing to say about this company

    ConsCompany culture is awfull especially the top management

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Behind the curve all the way

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Saint Peters, MO

    ProsGreat folks to work with. Nice and quiet location away from the hustle and bustle of the mainstream St. Louis work areas. Great pay if your a senior level executive.

    ConsIT has great people but no leadership. They have a great leader but they give him no power. Everyone can walk all over literally anyone in IT as they are treated like dirt. They don't spend a dime on IT. Projects are on and off again like changing your shoes. Same applies to IT budget/IT spend. Over a year to make a SharePoint decision. SAP decisions are a joke and not worth mentioning from the standpoint of executive leadership not having a clue and a half. Their SAP support people consist of six or seven people and literally support the world! They get no support, no thanks, are treated worst than, well, need I go further?

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe MEMC CEO has got to go. He is completely missing the boat when it comes to IT. He won't be able to compete because he doesn't have a clue about the strategic or tactical nature that IT plays in moving the company forward. Stop cutting costs on IT. The new CFO also has no clue either. They're going to have to spend the money eventually. May as well do it right. The IT group needs to be elevated up in the food chain. Way up! Its a very poorly run company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Terrible, absolutely aweful. What a bad, bad place to work.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Saint Peters, MO

    ProsCompetitive pay and a non-downtown Location

    ConsEverything is bad. There is a non-existent work-life balance. Terrible office conditions. Moral is horrific. Complete lack of training and unreasonable expectations. This place is a sweat shop. If you read this, RUN!!! I wish I had.

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange the culture and appreciate your employees by promoting a positive work-life balance and give them tools to succeed while setting attainable goals.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Stay away from MEMC

    Senior Programmer/Analyst (Former Employee) Sherman, TX

    ProsThe actual employees, and generally first line supervisors, are all decent folks. Benefits (insurance, etc) were not too bad and the salary was competitive.

    ConsThe regular shutdowns and forced PTO meant that it was crazy to go on vacation.

    There was a complete lack of growth opportunity at MEMC, other than perhaps for some of the engineers But overall things were so bad that nobody advanced, nobody's career grew, nobody learned anything.

    It boils down to total mismanagement by Nabeel and the upper management.

    MEMC is just a horrible place to work overall. STAY AWAY.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGreat job saving MEMC from bankruptcy, but don't you think it's time to ease up a bit?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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